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Synacor, Akamai team up on NAB TV Everywhere demo

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 8:15am
Mike Robuck

In order to ease the burden of authentication and authorization for TV Everywhere-type services, Synacor and Akamai have combined their technologies for a demonstration at this week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.

Cable operators, programmers and other video providers have looked at various ways of connecting their customers with content libraries for TV Everywhere services. In addition to easing the authentication and authorization process, there's also a need for enabling single sign-ins across multiple sites.

The demonstration pairs Akamai's identity services, which include a common standards-based set of APIs, with Synacor's authentication and authorization platform, and the two work together to grant entitlement of content to authorized subscribers.

The end result includes single sign on and a single integration point for authentication and authorization. It also provides viewing continuity from one device to another through its device-shifting technology.

The combined platform isn't currently commercially available; a spokeswoman said the demonstration showed the joint value and ease of integration of the two platforms.

Last year, Charter Communications announced it was using Synacor's platform for its TV Everywhere trial.

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